South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

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South Korea - 10 Days

10 Days Starting in Seoul, South Korea and ending in Busan, South Korea

Visiting: Seoul, Namsan Mountain Park, Hapjeong-dong, HiKR GROUND, Itaewon Market, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong Street, Gwangjang Market, Geumseonsa Temple Stay, Laon Hanok Gguljam, Hanok Village Garage, Gyeongju-si, Anapji, Bulguksa Temple Museum, Dojanggol-gil, Jagalchi Market, Toyoko Inn Busan Seomyeon

Tour operator:

One Life Adventures

Tour code:

10DSKO

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

22 - 3

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-40

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join us on an extraordinary journey that’s set to redefine your perception of South Korea. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the tranquil mountain temples, our tour is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, offering a unique and immersive experience. Get your groove on with some K-pop dancing, dive into Seoul’s vibrant nightlife, and engage in a deeply moving Q&A session with a North Korean defector at the iconic DMZ. Experience a taste of Korea’s heritage by residing in a traditional Hanok house and mastering the art of Taekwondo. Find your inner peace with meditation in hillside temples and savor the culinary delights of Gwangjang Market with the expert guidance of our local guide. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable exploration of South Korea’s rich culture and history with One Life Adventures!

Highlights

  • Namsan Mountain by night

  • Kpop dance class, HiKR visit and video

  • DMZ visit, infiltration tunnels visit, Q&A session with North Korean defector

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong & a food tour

  • Temple Time! Meditation, Chanting & Tea with a Monk

  • Hanok village walk & makgoli tasting

  • Gyeongju: Bike tour, Historical sites, Anapji Pond by night

  • Bulguksa Temple & Taekwondo

  • Busan: Markets, Cable Car & Karaoke!

Places You'll See

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

South Korea - 10 Days

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Korea!
Location: Seoul, Namsan Mountain Park
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Step Inn Myeongdong (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to South Korea! Day 1 of your epic Korean journey launches with an exhilarating touchdown at the hostel in the vibrant heart of Seoul’s most famous shopping district; Myeongdong. The minute you step outside, the pulse of this bustling city will draw you in, filling you with the spirit of adventure. Meet your crew for an orientation and then head out for your first Korean feast at the included welcome dinner with your new One Life family! After dinner we will take in the best views of the city lights by night at the top of Namsan Mountain

Day 2 : Modern Seoul: Kpop Dance Class & Hikr Visit
Location: Seoul, Hapjeong-dong, HiKR GROUND, Itaewon Market
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Step Inn Myeongdong (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hostel, we make our way to the hip neighbourhood of Hapjeong where we will start our first activity of the day; Kpop dance! Learn from a professional dance instructor and choreographer before heading out to explore the shops of Hongdae. We will visit the HiKR to learn about the K Wave sweeping the world, and record our own Kpop dance video! The afternoon is yours to explore before we all head to vibrant Itaewon district for dinner and drinks.

Day 3 : The Demilitarised Zone (Dmz)
Location: Seoul
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Step Inn Myeongdong (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

A day on our tour that you'll remember forever. Today you will be able to gaze into the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea when we take you to the remarkable Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). As you stand on the border of two worlds, you'll witness the stark contrast between North and South Korea. With our experienced guides, you'll explore the tunnels dug by North Korea into the south, hear the stories of the area, and even speak with a North Korean defector as part of a cultural exchange. We will arrive back in Seoul by around 4pm, just enough for everyone to freshen up before heading out for another amazing Korean dinner!

Day 4 : Traditional Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong & A Food Tour
Location: Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong Street, Gwangjang Market
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Step Inn Myeongdong (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is all about exploring the more traditional areas of Seoul to see another side of the city. Your adventure begins with the changing of the guard ceremony at the awe-inspiring Gyeongbokgung Palace. Truly a symbol of grandeur and history, where you'll explore ancient courtyards, majestic architecture, and serene gardens. You also have the chance to wear the traditional ‘hanbok’ while exploring the palace for that extra authentic feel! We will then walk through the perfectly preserved Hanok Village before heading to the bustling Insadong art street. Later in the evening your guide will take you on a street food tasting tour through the famous Gwangjang Market to sample the best street food in the city!

Day 5 : Temple Time! Meditation, Chanting & Tea With A Monk
Location: Geumseonsa Temple Stay
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Geumsunsa Temple (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Get ready to experience the serenity of a small, working temple nestled in the mountains outside Seoul. With beautifully decorated temples and shrines dotting the grounds, you will be transported to a world away from the noise and neon of the big city. You will be taking part in temple life including a singing bowl meditation session, evening bell tolling, and prayer chanting. You will also get the special opportunity to sit down with a monk for tea after your Buddhist dinner (eaten in reflective silence!) is served to ask those burning questions about life. This is your opportunity to reset and recharge before the next leg of your adventure.

Day 6 : On To Jeonju: Hanok Village Walk & Makgoli Tasting
Location: Laon Hanok Gguljam, Hanok Village Garage
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Laon Hanok Gguljam (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

After morning chanting and another healthy Buddhist meal for breakfast, we will say goodbye to our little retreat in the mountains and make our way to the small city of Jeonju. Famous for its food, drink, and immaculately preserved traditional village area, we will head out to explore after checking in to our beautiful wooden Hanok guesthouse. Explore the afternoon at your leisure and join the rest of the group for a tasting session at the Hanok for one of the most famous things in Jeongju; a rice wine called Makgoli! You will learn about how it’s made, and try a series of different types. For those who would like to continue, the group will head of Makgoli Alley to try some more plus eat your way through some ‘anju’ - special foods made to be eaten while enjoying a few drinks!

Day 7 : Gyeongju: Bike Tour, Historical Sites, Anapji Pond By Night
Location: Gyeongju-si, Anapji
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Blue Boat Hostel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

After we say goodbye to Jeonju, we’ll jump on a bus to our next destination; the ancient capital of Gyeongju! Known as the "Museum Without Walls," this mesmerizing destination boasts an extraordinary collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient temples, and royal tombs that whisper tales of a bygone era. After dropping our bags off and freshening up, we will jump on bikes to explore this magical town on 2 wheels. We’ll visit tombs, burial mounds, historical sites, and some spectacular scenery. In the evening, we will make our way over to the Anapji Pond and gaze upon the mirrored reflections of the structures around the water.

Day 8 : Gyeongju: Bulguksa Temple & Taekwondo
Location: Bulguksa Temple Museum, Dojanggol-gil
Accommodation Name: Blue Boat Hostel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

We have another day of exploring Gyeongju today, so after breakfast we will make our way to one of the most important temples in the country; Bulguksa. Nestled amidst lush forests and scenic landscapes, this ancient temple is a true masterpiece of architecture, history, and tranquility. Next up, get ready to fight! After freshening up at the accommodation, we will visit a Dojang to learn the famous fighting art of Taekwondo. During your session, you'll learn the art of high-flying kicks, lightning-fast punches, and the precise movements from seasoned professionals. Join the rest of the group in the evening for testing out some of the bars and restaurants in the old town.

Day 9 : Busan: Markets, Cable Car & Karaoke!
Location: Jagalchi Market
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Toyoko Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we head to Busan, a city on the water surrounded by beaches and mountains. After checking in right in the centre of downtown, we will check out the famous Jagalchi market and shopping districts before jumping on the Songdo cable car to get the best views over the water and city. The afternoon is yours to explore with visits to the Gamcheon Cultural Village or maybe bathing in the steaming water of a jjimjilbang (public bathhouse) as suggestions. Our final night will be spent in one of the famous karaoke rooms to sing the night away with the rest of your One Life family in one of the nightlife districts of the city.

Day 10 : Goodbye!
Location: Toyoko Inn Busan Seomyeon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sadly it is time to say goodbye. Fill up on breakfast before leaving the hotel and on to the next part of your journey. We are sure that the memories you created, the places you explored, and the friendships you forged along the way will stay with you forever! You can either take the train from Busan back to Seoul Station, or fly back from Gimhae Airport. Annyeonghi gaseyo!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    9 nights of accommodation

  • Fully Guided

    Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

  • Meals

    7x Breakfasts, 1x Lunch, 3x Dinners

  • Transport

    All transport included (excl. airport transfers) from trains, subways, taxis, and buses

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Optional

Optional Extras

  • Busan to Seoul KTX Train

    Return to Seoul Ticket after the tour ends

Accommodation

A mixture of multishare and twin accommodation throughout. You will be paired with someone of the same sex.

Mode of Transport

All transport included (Day 2-9) from trains, subways, taxis, and buses. You’ll only have to organise your airport transfers on Day 1 & 10.

Check out our Q&As

  • Where should I fly into?

    Incheon International Airport (ICN).

  • What is the rooming situation like?

    A mixture of multishare and twin accommodation throughout. You will be paired with someone of the same sex. Twin and single upgrades are available

  • Is South Korea safe to travel?

    South Korea is generally considered a safe destination for travelers. It has a low crime rate, and it is known for its safety and well-developed infrastructure.

  • Is there safe drinking water in South Korea?

    South Korea generally has safe drinking water. The country has established water treatment and distribution systems that meet or exceed international standards for water quality. Tap water in South Korea is usually treated to make it safe for consumption, and it is regularly tested to ensure that it meets quality standards. However, water quality can vary from one region to another, and some areas might have water with a different taste or smell due to local water sources or the treatment processes used. In some cases, people may choose to use water filters or purchase bottled water for their personal preferences.

  • What is the age range of the tour?

    All One Life Adventures tours have an 18 years+ requirement. Once you’re over 18, as long as you have a sense of adventure, are excited by our activities and are young at heart, we would love to have you onboard!

  • What are travel times like during the trip?

    Our longest travel stint is 3.5hrs with 1 toilet break.

  • Is there WiFi throughout the trip?

    WiFi is available at all accommodations during the trip.

  • Will I be picked up from the airport?

    At this time we do not offer airport transfers, however, Korea has one of the best rail networks in the world and we will provide you with clear instructions on how to get from the airport to your starting accommodation with ease.

  • Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

    Yes, we can cater for most dietary requirements. Please notify us prior to arriving on day 1 so we can arrange this for you.

  • I am applying for my visa / K-ETA and I need a reference and address?

    Step Inn Myeongdong Address: 55 Myeongdong-gil, Myeong-dong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Where do we spend the first night on tour?

    At Step-Inn in Myeongdong, Seoul

  • Can I bring a 20kg suitcase on this trip?

    We wouldn’t recommend bringing more than 15kg and a backpack instead of a suitcase will make your journey a lot easier to manage during certain communtes.

  • How big are your group sizes?

    Our groups are capped at 22 people maximum.

  • Do I have to have travel insurance to come on a tour?

    Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check for it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

  • What's the general age range on your tours?

    Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don’t have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous “flashpacking” style of travel.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes, we do. We cannot guarantee single sex rooming arrangements in multi-share accommodation (e.g. shared dormitory hostels), but twin share rooms will always be single sex.

  • Do you have an age limit on your tours?

    Anyone above 18 years old is welcome on our trips! Some of the tours are more active than others (i.e. there can be a lot of walking in Japan and there’s some hiking opportunities in Sri Lanka and Indonesia) but as long as you’re fit and able to participate in the activities then we’d love to have you.

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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